I always liked a teacher who was approachable, to the point where I could feel comfortable sharing a joke with them or could go to them if I had a problem.
I also think it is important for a teacher to at least seem happy about teaching the subject. When a teacher smiled a lot, I seemed more engaged in the subject matter as opposed to drifting off in a daydream.
A new study by the University of Essex reveals that students respond better to teachers with warm and supportive voices than they do to ones with strict voices.
Researchers played pre-recorded teacher voices to 250 children. The students responded better to teachers with supportive tones than they did to teachers with strict, cold tones.
Researchers say, “We often think about what teachers say to their students, but we rarely talk about how they say it. But the tone of voice teachers use really matters and the way we modulate our voice can have profound effects on listeners.
The tone of voice is a powerful way to convey teachers’ caring, understanding, and openness. It’s easy to forget when we are stressed or tired, but teachers can provide a positive learning environment when they are thoughtful in how they use their tone of voice.”
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